A Sense of Belonging

“The heart wants what it wants.”
Emily Dickenson

Hello, sweet friend...

Joe & I posing for our first photo in front of our new home💕

This week marked two weeks since we moved into our 1927 Cape Cod home…

Newly planted Creeping Jenny…

Dried hydrangeas along with a few Fall items sit on drop leaf table

a home I knew from the moment I walked through the doors…

Experimenting with closing off parlor with french doors

View from the other side…preparing table for a birthday celebration later in week…

It would be the perfect place for sharing special times with family and friends.

Thinking this will make a nice serving tray…

From the first glance I envisioned early morning walks in the neighborhood…

Fall is in the air🍁

Puffy clouds…

Love the chimney…

A home being soulfully cared for…
Are those puffy white clouds following me?🌝
Cami playing hopscotch 🎃

meandering through my garden…

Cami in charge…

Evenings spent in cozy rooms…

The warmth of home
Pretty pumpkin…

a home where countless dreams and memories could be made…

Extra cupcakes for guests to take home…

Yes this home…would be a perfect gathering place.

Late nights spent in rooms that are speaking to me…

That being said…and amongst the fact that I’m still sifting through boxes…unearthing treasures…organizing…(carefully deciding where things will go)…

These arrived from California…from my maid of honor and long time friend Lillian…💕

I am comfortable in these new surroundings…every nook and cranny is becoming familiar… like a blossoming new friendship.

Peering out at night and feeling blessed…

It feels like home…

Marcia
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R.I.P. MacKenzie💕

Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.💕

Hi my name is Joe and I want to relate a story about our cat MacKenzie.

MacKenzie had come to us 11 months ago because he was a neighborhood cat that Marcia just felt a lot of empathy and pity for. He didn’t seem to have any home… he just was wandering the neighborhood.

MacKenzie just really had a big impact on Marcia and she just felt like she got a special emotional bond with MacKenzie… and said that MacKenzie did not have a good life…so she was going to give Mackenzie a good life and the first thing she was going to do was to give him a name. Marcia thought MacKenzie was a beautiful name for this cat…slowly Marcia just created a life for MacKenzie. MacKenzie was a street cat that walked around and didn’t have any permanent place…wandered in and out and we found out from our neighbor that he was once owned by one of their renters but the renter had to leave… and when the renter left…he had to leave MacKenzie. Marcia decided that she was going to adopt him and so she went over to our neighbor and said: “hey I’m gonna take care of this cat” and the neighbor was a little incredulous…and said: “wow… ok…if you want” MacKenzie had this insatiable appetite and would come to the back door and go WAAAAAAAA!!! because he was hungry all the time (do to an over-active thyroid took meds for) and so we were just constantly feeding him.

Marcia decided that she was going to create a little house which she hid underneath these bushes…that’s where she thought MacKenzie would sleep. It took a while for MacKenzie to really go into that house but eventually he did. He would sleep there…sleep on the back porch…on the front porch… and was always eating and coming to us…

and so slowly we adopted one another and he just became part of our little family with Darjeeling and Cami… He was there all the time and he stole our hearts. As we were anticipating our recent move we were concerned about how MacKenzie was going to do with the move and everything else but before all that happened…

one Sunday afternoon a gentleman who was visiting with our neighbors came over…and in a very curious way said: “I want to introduce myself…I am the guy that had MacKenzie and I feel extremely bad that I had to just leave him here” with teary eyes he said “oh thank you so much for taking care of MacKenzie… I actually got him as a kitten in Bend, Oregon and he has been with me all these years and he’s over 20 years old…he’s been to San Diego…Arizona…Washington state…travels really well…

I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you took him in and gave him a good life and I feel like I owe you money I feel so bad” I said not to worry about it…that MacKenzie is part of our family now…that we fully adopted him and explained that soon we would be moving to another home & would be taking MacKenzie. (he was so relieved and so happy) The following week we were in our new home and got MacKenzie all set up a in little bed…food and water…but we soon realized that he just didn’t seem to be content there… that he had started wandering. Recently our new next-door neighbor came over to me and said: “oh Joe MacKenzie got into my house and is now sleeping on my rocking chair” and of course we were embarrassed and apologized with an explanation of MacKenzie.

Just recently it became really concerning because we wouldn’t see MacKenzie for a period of time and we didn’t know where he was or where he was going. We’d have food out & usually he would make an appearance and then he would disappear. A few days ago I actually went out for a long run at 2 in the morning and there was MacKenzie… walking down the street.

This afternoon MacKenzie passed away quietly surrounded by his love ones and he’s going to be cremated…we’re going to revere his ashes. The beloved MacKenzie is gone… his memory will last forever with us and his ashes will be with us…and our lives have been enriched by his little life. We feel like we gave him a good life for the last 11 months…we really tried. MacKenzie we hope to see you one day and we love you…

Friday September 13th…goodnight Big Mack💕

Thank you for spending time with us.💕

Marcia
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The Making of a Home

“Home…a gathering place for family to join together in laughter. The one place you will always be surrounded by those who love you. A place or feeling of belonging.”

-anonymous

Sporting my wonderful thrift find…red/white checkered top💕

Hello, sweet friend…

I am just returning from the premier of Downton Abbey any chance you too went to see it?

A binder left by the Norris Family to the previous owners…now given to the current owners…
Joe & I💕

Instructions on care of the Home💕
Discovering past stories left by previous owners…
Note left for previous owners…then to us💕

Blueprints left for previous owners…then left to us💕
Vintage glass light cover found in cupboard…

I’m now reflecting on the question:

Upstairs retreat area…

“What makes a house a Home?”

I’m liking the wicker furniture in the living room area💕

In many ways…

Upstairs bedroom window…

homes embody how we live and see ourselves…

spaces which evolve

Pops of color always make me happy…

when we focus on what makes us happy…

When my surroundings sing to me…my heart is happy💕

and then creating a place of comfort…

Creating a cozy home💕

enriching our lives in the process.

Pillow given to me by shop owner of Sweet Peas…as housewarming gift💕

Home is a feeling.

Without love it is just a house.

Marcia
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Home

A house is built with walls and beams…A Home is made with love and dreamsanonymous

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Hello, sweet friend…

Keys to our new cottage💕

Darjeeling…💕

Me…Cami…MacKenzie…Darjeeling 💕

Flowers from my friend Julie…and new neighbors🐝

Follow the light💕

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It’s been quite a week…

Darjeeling checking out her new digs…💕
First picture hung🌻

First book for bookcase…💕

MacKenzie 🌸

My dear friend Geri reading the history of our home…

Cami🌻

Labor Day had a different reality this year as we moved into a new neighborhood.

The home that motivated such a quick decision or so it appeared…

Sweet peas…

was a home I believe I fell in love with when we first moved to the Oregon coast.

A white painted bike

I remember driving the country roads through a small town passing this pretty storybook house.

Looking back now…

I can see that was when the spark was lit…

bit by bit…

MacKenzie trying to hide💕

the vision of this beautiful home…

Wind spinner…a gift from my new neighbor💕

A Nantucket set left by previous owner…🌻

These glass door knobs make my heart skip a beat.💕
Guest room…
French doors leading to sitting room…

it’s fascination seemed to follow me…

A touch of whimsy…romance…flowers…an English garden…and naturally stories of other things…

My new cottage flag🌻

with a history held…

To be continued…

Home…💕

Marcia
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Falling Into The End Of Summer

“August is like the Sunday of summer”

 


August 25, 2019

Hello, sweet friend…

My dear friend Geri…as we enjoy a visit to the Blackberry Festival in Coos Bay, Oregon

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The following Post has been re-edited from August 2017

 

This past month as I took a walk outside, and the dry leaves rustled pleasantly beneath my feet…

I paused and reflected how quickly the time has gone. Has it really been t.h.r.e.e. summers  living here on the Oregon coast? (a look of surprise) yes, dear readers it has🏡First summer

With that said and having lived through many warm summers in California summer coastal weather at times still feels quite unfamiliar. foreign

There are times that I have actually forgotten that it was even summer.

However one of the sure signs that summer has occurred and is coming into an ending…  is the weeping willow tree in our backyard. the name is apropos

Her leaves begin falling mid~late August and into September.

a bittersweet reminder that another season of life has passed.

 Now as I take my walks in the coming month I’ll imagine each brown and gold leaf as a moment past…

leaving the perfect moment to sow new seeds.

loving seeds…

more seeds of memories…

about to begin.🍂

🍁Happy September🍁

 As the end of Summer approaches farmers markets and roadside stands are overflowing with natures bounty. Here’s a wonderful recipe for you to try perhaps for this Labor Day weekend…(another sure sign that summer is coming to an end)

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SUMMER PASTA RECIPE

 I enjoyed making this recipe because it was quick and easy. I especially loved the lemon herb vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

12 ounces dry pasta

1 cucumber, diced

1  pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives

4 ounces crumbled feta cheese

half of a medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions:

Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot of salted water according to package instructions. Drain pasta, then rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot. Transfer the  pasta into a large mixing bowl.

Add cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and red onion to the mixing bowl, then drizzle all of the vinaigrette evenly on top. Toss until all ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing. Bon appetit

Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon freshly~squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons dried oregano, minced

1 teaspoon honey

2 small garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

And here’s a little beauty from my beautiful coast.🐠

Marcia
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